Recent Harper cartoon quips uncalled for

As the former Editor of the Calgary Sun for many years in all modesty — at least what modesty I have!

Dear Editor,

As the former Editor of the Calgary Sun for many years in all modesty — at least what modesty I have! — I think I know a bit about good newspapers. I read the Sylvan Lake News each week from the first page to the last page and it surely does cover the events, issues and personalities in our community extremely well. It is a credit to our town.

But just two good-natured quibbles:

Your cartoonist repeatedly mocks in savage and vicious fashion Prime Minister Stephen Harper. One caption this past week described Harper as a “clueless” individual running our country.

Harper is an Albertan and one never mocks the local boy who made good. Alberta has produced just three prime ministers: R.B. Bennett, who served just one term in the 1930s before being defeated; Joe Clark, who lasted just a handful or so of months before being defeated, and Harper who has won three straight elections — a rare occurrence in Canada. I am surprised that no one in authority at the Sylvan Lake News has called a halt to this cartoonist’s diatribes and found placement who can, at least, mock our politicians in an amusing manner.

My second quibble regards the column “It’s time to include dental care in the healthcare system,” (Sept. 26). The reason no federal or provincial government has taken this step is because already healthcare budgets are the biggest single expenditure decade after decade. They are, of course, necessary expenditures. To add dental care would add another enormous expense that taxpayers would have to foot.

Then I looked at the author of this to find he is the Dean in the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University in Montreal. Obviously he has a blatant conflict of interest here, basically shilling for the nation’s dentists. To add to that, he is from Quebec, a province with an horrendous provincial debt. Surely, it would have been possible to at least get the views of the Dean of Dentistry at a university in Alberta to make this case.

These quibbles made, I surely look forward to the Sylvan Lake News again each week.

Paul Conrad Jackson,

Sylvan Lake


Just Posted

Getting your passport has been made easier

Government of Canada doubles number of locations where Canadians can get their passports

PHOTOS: Sr. girls Lakers score gold in home tournament

The tournament was held at H.J. Cody on Dec. 14 and 15

PHOTOS: Sylvan Lake Christmas Market showcases home businesses

The Christmas Market was held on Dec. 16 at the Sylvan Lake Community Centre

Sylvan Lake moving towards greener future with Fogdog contract

At a recent meeting of Council it was decided to move forward with a contract with Fogdog Energy

PHOTOS: C.P. Blakely gets the circus treatment

The Flyin’ Bob Show has a week long residency to teach students various circus acts

Story of the Year: Deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash

The Canadian Press annual survey of newsrooms across the country saw 53 out of 129 editors cast their votes for the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

‘A start:’ Alberta critical of Ottawa’s $1.6B package for ailing energy sector

A further $150 million is to be used for clean growth and infrastructure projects

Two-year-old attacked by cougar near Mission, B.C.

Boy not seriously injured in incident on Monday afternoon

Trump signs order to create US Space Command

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to create a U.S. Space Command.

Groups preparing new pipeline legal challenge, argue government’s mind made up

A Vancouver-based environment charity is readying itself to go back to court if the federal government reapproves the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Notorious Toronto triple killer gets third consecutive life sentence

Dellen Millard gets third consecutive life sentence for father’s death.

‘Subdued’ housing market predicted in B.C. through 2021: report

The Central 1 Credit Union report predicts “rising but subdued sales” over the next three years, with little movement in median home prices.

A journey through 2018’s top pop culture moments

Was there any pop culture this year? Of course there was.

‘A stronger Alberta:’ Ottawa announces $1.6B for Canada’s oil and gas sector

Price of Alberta oil plummeted so low that Alberta’s Premier said Canada was practically giving it away

Most Read